We called into the Whakatane Hotel for a cool refreshing drink after a long and tiring bike ride through the gorge from Gisborne in not such nice weather. Fortunately the weather improved as we rode into Whakatane. While enjoying the cool of the trees in the front courtyard we noticed they offered accommodation also.
We decided to stay here as they had 4 single beds available for a good price, ($40).
The rooms were small-ish but clean and comfortable. The bathrooms and toilets were communal but again were clean and plenty of them. We ate from the bar-bistro downstairs to avoid having to find somewhere else and the meal was great. it filled the gap. We enjoyed the chilled atmosphere and friendly locals.
It was a Wednesday night and pre Christmas so it possibly was quieter than normal, but we all slept well and after a nice breakfast at a local cafe were refreshed for our ride home.
I liked this place, the owners Tim & Liz were friendly & helpful, it was nice to know that our bikes we safe in the lockup.
The hotel is iconic in Whakatane and built from another era. It is art-deco and the owners have tried to keep it as original as they can while making it as comfortable as they can for their guests.
Will definitely stay here again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The iconic Whakatane Hotel is located in Whakatane central, directly over the road from the information centre. We are next to the Whakatane river walkway, Intercity buses and our tourist activity centre. Enjoy the most convenient access to Whakatane's finest Irish Bar, 'The Craic'. Our Hotel caters for everyone. We have rooms for those traveling on a budget all the way up to Queen ensuite accommodation, for those who look forward to a little extra comfort. ... more less
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